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Stewart Island Discovery Expedition Cruise

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 island’s Maori name, Rakiura – land of the glowing skies. Discover New Zealand’s third and southernmost island on board ‘Milford Wanderer’ a 30m 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 a very limited number of cabins.

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 08 July

Auckland – Queenstown – Invercargill

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Fly Air New Zealand to Queenstown. On arrival drive the scenic route to Invercargill.


Friday 09 July

Invercargill – Bluff – Stewart Island

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After an early breakfast transfer to Bluff for the express catamaran across Foveaux Strait to Halfmoon Bay to board ‘Milford Wanderer.’’ Cruise to Port Adventure where oysters were first harvested commercially in the 1800s.  Finish the day with an afternoon beach and / or forest walk with time to relax and enjoy a sumptuous dinner on-board your home for the next five nights.


Saturday 10 July

Port Adventure – Port Pegasus

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We relax on-board this morning as we cruise to Port Pegasus. This afternoon we have time for kayaking and / or a walk to the lookout above Evening Cove. 


Sunday 11 July

Port Pegasus

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After breakfast we explore around Port Pegasus and the options include a morning walk up the impressive granite peak of Bald Cone and / or a 3 - 4 hour conservation trip led by DOC on the Tin Range.


Monday 12 July

Port Pegasus - Paterson Inlet

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Today visit the old 1800s fishing base at North Pegasus and the Belltopper Falls, then an afternoon cruise to Paterson Inlet.


Tuesday 13 July

Paterson Inlet

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After breakfast spend the morning exploring the Ulva Island bird sanctuary.  In the afternoon visit the historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet and / or take the opportunity to kayak at Kaipipi Bay.


Wednesday 14 July

Paterson Inlet – Bluff – Invercargill

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A morning walk from Golden Bay across to Halfmoon Bay and on to the Oban town ship.  We say goodbye to Stewart Island as we take the express catamaran to Bluff in the afternoon. On arrival transfer to Invercargill for your overnight stay. 


Thursday 15 July

Invercargill – Auckland

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After a leisurely breakfast transfer to Invercargill Airport for your flight home.



• Return economy flights Auckland – Queenstown (other destinations please ask). 

• Two night’s hotel accommodation in Invercargill - Including breakfast and dinner. 

• Coach transfers as outlined

• Express Catamaran transport to Stewart Island return. 

•  Five nights on board the ‘Milford Wanderer’

•  All meals and excursions while onboard

• Breakfasts, lunches and dinners as outlined

•  Specialist nature guide while on-board ‘Milford Wanderer’

•  Guided walks through rainforest & along beautiful deserted shorelines

• Visit historic sites & abandoned settlements

• Tender craft and kayaks for exploring the coastline 

• Pukekohe Travel Escort - Subject to 12 people travelling.


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $4,341  $7,196   SOLD OUT

*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


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• Items of a personal nature

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Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on this tour

• Full payment is due no later than 28 May 2021

• Bookings made after 28 May 2021 will require full payment


• Deposit – non refundable

• After  28 May 2021 – no refund

• All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis

• No refund can be made once tour is under way

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 recommended that you bring hiking type boots or gumboots which are ideal for stomping around the beaches and bush


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 ‘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.

• Steel hull

• Latest safety equipment

• Top speed of 10 knots

• Sleeps 32 passengers

• Open bridge policy

• A stabi-craft 18 person aluminium runabout with landing steps is available

• Comfortable fixed-twin style compartments with all linen and towels provided (no ensuites)

• Shared unisex facilities with modern showers 

• The galley is well-provisioned with delicious and plentiful home-cooked meals including morning and afternoon teas provided

• There is a well-stocked, licensed bar with plenty of room to relax in the main saloon. ‘Milford Wanderer’ is NOT licensed for BYO

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* Itinerary subject to change