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Stewart Island Cruise

Onboard a luxury catamaran

Its densely forested hills, untouched coastline and golden sand beaches make Stewart Island a haven for native marine and bird life.

Vivid dawn and twilight hues give rise to the islands Maori name, Rukiura – land of the glowing skies.

Discover New Zealand’s third and southernmost island on-board ‘Fiordland Jewel’, a 24 m purpose-built ship, ideal for exploring the bays and inlets.

Each day will bring something new – rambles along deserted beaches, marine life encounters, kayaking, guided walks through lush rainforest, cruises in the stabicraft or if you prefer, the opportunity to relax on deck amidst the scenes and moods that is the island.

Don’t miss out – we have very limited number of cabins.

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 18 March

Auckland – Christchurch – Invercargill

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand.  Arrive Invercargill mid-morning.

Transfer to your central accommodation.  This afternoon is yours to perhaps walk around the Botanic Gardens, visit the Tuatarium or the Burt Munro Motorcycle Mecca at E Hayes and Sons at Bill Richardsons Transport World.

Dinner is included tonight.

Friday 19 March

Invercargill – Oban (Stewart Island)

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This morning return to the airport for the 20 minute flight to Oban.  On arrival, board the MV Fiordland Jewel for a luxurious seven day cruise.  

Enjoy lunch on board.  Spend the afternoon at Patterson Inlet, formed by post Glaciation flooding 12,000 – 16,000 years ago.

Saturday 20 March

Ulva Island

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Spend the morning exploring Ulva Island in Patterson Inlet.  This bird and plant sanctuary was declared rat free in 1997 and many birds have been relocated to the island and are now flourishing.  The yellow eyed penguin uses the island for breeding sites.

In the afternoon, visit the historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet with the opportunity to kayak.  Cruise onto Port Adventure where oysters were first harvested in the 1800’s.

Sunday 21 March

Port Adventure to Port Pegasus

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Cruise along the rocky coast with drowned river valleys.  On arrival there maybe time for a kayak or walk before dinner.

 

Monday 22 March

Tuesday 23 Port Pegasus and Pikihatiti

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Explore this large sheltered harbour on the south east coast.  Its inlets, caves and bays have many safe and sheltered anchorages.  It was first chartered by William Stewart in 1809.  More walks and kayaking are planned.

 

Wednesday 24 March

Return to Oban

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Today return to Oban along the west or east coast – skippers decision!

Tonight enjoy your final dinner on board

Thursday 25 March

Oban - Invercargill

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Disembark after breakfast. This morning travel around by mini coach with local guides sharing the knowledge of the island.  Photo stops abound and see Patterson Inlet from Observation Point.Enjoy lunch at the South Seas hotel before the short flight back to Invercargill for an overnight stay and a farewell dinner.

Friday 26 March

Invercargill – Auckland

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After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Auckland.

 

Inclusions

•Return Air New Zealand Flights Auckland – Invercargill

• Return Flight  to Stewart Island

• Two night’s Invercargill

• Coach transfers as outlined

• Six nights onboard the ‘Fiordland Jewel’

• All meals, tea and coffee while on board Fiordland Jewel

• Envolu toiletries onboard

• Landings and guided walks

• Visits to historic sites 

• Tender craft and eight kayaks for exploring the coastline 

• Shimano electric fishing reels

• All meals as outlined

• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 persons travelling

 

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
 Governor Suite (1 only ) 20sqm

Located at the top of the boat all by itself with its own full width forward window & large side windows. Super-King double bed, the ensuite has a separate shower & toilet

 $7,859

 

 NA
 Captain Cook (4 only) 10sqm

Main deck  with sea views. Super-King Double bed, each ensuite has a separate shower & toilet.

 $7,221   $12,417
 Endeavour (2 only) 10sqm

Main Deck with sea views. King single beds, each ensuite has a separate shower & toilet. 

 $7,221   $12,417

Bunk Room (1 only) 10sqm

Main Deck with sea views.  Bunk beds, ensuite With combined shower & toilet.

 
 $6,531   $10,998

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

• Travel Insurance –Please ask us for a quote

• Items of a personal nature

 

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person will secure a place on this tour

• Full payment is due no later than 13 January 2021

• Bookings after  13 January 2021 will require full payment

Cancellations

• Deposit – non-refundable

• After 13 January 2021 - no refund

• All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants take out suitable travel Insurance to cover cancellation costs.  Please ask for a quote.

 

General Information

To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you, a reasonable standard of fitness and mobility is required as climbing on and off boats can be demanding

 

Health and Fitness

To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you, a reasonable standard of fitness and mobility is required as climbing on and off boats can be demanding

 

Ship Information

The ‘Fiordland Jewel’

Launched in 2016, the 24 m, three deck catamaran has a high quality fit-out.   The Fiordland Jewel was designed and built by the owner and skipper Rob Swale

• Max 18 passengers

• Latest safety equipment

• Open bridge policy

• No laundry on board

• Helicopeter pad

• Top deck hot tub

• ROV (Remote Operating Vehicle) for underwater viewing from the comfort of the boat lounge.

• A stabi-craft to transfer from boat to shore.

• The skipper and crew are all trained professionals with an intimate knowledge of the region.

• A well provisioned galley – chef cooked meals

• Meals are plated service

• Morning afternoon and pre dinner snacks are provided

• There is a well-stocked, licensed bar, the Fiordland Jewel is not licensed for BYO.

• There are natural history books available

• Board games and playing cards are also on board.


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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