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Combine two great tours into one

Don't miss out on this opportunity to combine our Cruise Fiordland Tour on the Heritage Explorer with our Cruise Stewart Island Tour onboard the Fiordland Jewel. 

First Explore Fiordland: Become totally absorbed in the remoteness and beauty of fiordland on a six night adventure on board the luxurious ‘heritage explorer. Enjoy exploring coves, islands, beaches and bush with names hitherto unknown with opportunities to walk, kayak and throw out a casual fishing line or use the latest in fishing technology. Spend the first night in Te Anau, before we travel to Lake Manapouri for a cruise, where a coach will meet you travel over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove. For the next seven days you will be surrounded by the rugged beauty and wildlife of this untouched corner of New Zealand. The surrounding Fiords are havens for marine and bird life and the opportunity to step ashore and explore the remains of early settlements are numerous. The journey concludes in the Preservation inlet with a spectacular helicopter flight to Te Anau. Overnight before returning to Queenstown and a flight home. Option to extend your stay in Queenstown are available.

Then Explore Stewart ISland: 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.

  • Stewart Island - Fiordland Jewel
  • Stewart Island Cruise
  • Cruise Fiordland - Heritage Explorer
  • Fiordland Cruise
  • Fiordland Cruise

Your travel itinerary

Wednesday 20 October

uckland – Queenstown – Te Anau

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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.

Thursday 21 October

Te Anau - Preservation Inlet

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After breakfast take a spectacular helicopter flight to Preservation Inlet.
Before embarking the ‘Heritage Explorer’.

Friday 22 October

Monday 25 Cruising Fiordland

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Highlights will include
• Luncheon Cove where we walk around predator-free Anchor Island a bird sanctuary near the mouth of the fiord. Anchor Point, where Captain Cook
anchored HMS Resolution in 1773.
• Pigeon Island where we walk up the DOC pathway to visit the site of the home of New Zealand’s first conservationist, Richard Henry. Here there is also an incredible viewpoint towards the entrance of Dusky Sound.
• We then cruise through the narrow channels of the Little Harbour to The Basin where you can go kayaking or explore Resolution Island on foot.
• During the cruise the ROV (underwater remote controlled camera) will be launched to view the unique black coral.
• At Krisbee Bay view abandoned sawmilling boilers.
• At Te Oneroa Beach hike inland to the remnants of mining, an aerial cableway and the sight of the first whaling station in the South Island.
•Puysegur Point where we land at the old oil store (now a DOC hut) and walk to the most isolated lighthouse in New Zealand.
• Cascade basin a magnificent waterfall that plunges into Long Sound. We cruise around the inlets, and may do activities such as: View the rusting hulk of the wreck “Stella”, a steamship that purposely ran aground in the 1800s after damaging itself on a reef. • Walk on the beach at South Port Cove
and visit McCallum’s sawmill boiler.
• Walk up to Lake Cadman, via the falls in Lake Cove at the head of Edwardson Sound

Tuesday 26 October

Doubtful Sound - Deep Cove

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Travel along the coast of Doubtful sound, the deepest of all the Sounds that has a special cloistered serenity. Keep your eyes peeled for New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins. Before arriving
in Deep Cove.

Wednesday 27 October

Deep Cove - Te Anau

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After breakfast disembark the ‘Heritage Explorer’. Meet our coach and travel over Wilmot Pass before our Cruise across Lake Manapouri. Afternoon at leisure before your Farewell Dinner tonight.

Thursday 28 October

Te Anau - Invercargill

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After breakfast coach to Invercargill for your night stay. 

Friday 29 October


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Today 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.

Saturday 30 October

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.

Sunday 31 October

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.

Monday 01 November

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.

Tuesday 02 November

Wednesday 03 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.

Thursday 04 November

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

Friday 05 November


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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 afternoon in Oban. Our final night is spent at the South Seas Hotel.

Saturday 06 November

Oban - Invercargill – Auckland

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After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Invercargill and then onto Auckland.


    • Return flights from Auckland - Queenstown// Invercargill - Auckland (Other centres on request)
    • Coach transfer Queenstown to Te Anau
    • Two nights’ accommodation in Te Anau including breakfast and dinner
    • Transfers as specified
    • Ferry shuttle across Lake Manapouri
    • Six nights’ accommodation on board the ‘Heritage Explorer’
    • All meals and tea and coffee while on board Heritage Explorer
    • House drinks onboard
    • Landings and guided walks
    • Visits to historic sites and abandoned settlements
    • Tender craft and kayaks for exploring the coastline
    • Helicopter flight from Preservation Inlet to Te Anau.
    • Expedition Leader onboard
    • Transfer from Te Anau to Invercargill 
    • Two nights' Invercargill
    • Return Flight to Stewart Island
    • 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
    • One night Oban
    • All meals as outlined
    • Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 persons travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin Share 
 Buller's Stateroom (Heritage Explorer) / Bunk Room (Fiordland Jewel) $14,400  
 Buller's Stateroom (Heritage Explorer) / Captain Cook (Fiordland Jewel) $15,550   

*This is a cash 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


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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 10 August 2021
• Bookings made after 10 August 2021 will require full payment


• Deposit – non refundable
• After 10 August 2021 – no refund
• All cancellation charges are on a perperson basis
• If this tour is canceled due to Covid19 government travel restrictions, and a refund is available, Pukekohe Travel reserves the right in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $100 per person.

Travel Insurance

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

General Information

• Please note there is NO cell phone coverage during the cruise
• It is required that you bring hiking boots or gumboots which are ideal for stomping around the beaches and bush
• Slippers / house shoes are ideal on-board

Health and Fitness

Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs

Ship Information

The ‘Heritage Explorer’ (Cruise Fiordland)
The state-of-the-art technology provides a comfortable expedition ship with high performance dual Scania 653 horsepower engines capable of 10 knots, bow thrusters, fin stabilisers, full air-conditioning, sound attenuated twin generators and a hydraulic aft ramp, while a comprehensive navigation package ensures the
ultimate Kiwi adventure awaits all guests.
Vessel Type: Expedition Yacht
Expedition Staff & Crew: 5
Guests: 18
Cabins: 10
Length: 30m
Breadth: 7.8m
Draft: 1.93m
Gross Tonnage: 76.1gt
Engine: 653 horsepower
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Tenders: 2

The ‘Fiordland Jewel’ (Stewart Island Cruise) 
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