Itineraries → New Zealand → Fiordland North
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Northern Passage - Fiordland
These are incredible voyages through the New Zealand Fiordland National Park. With like-minded travellers, we share a world class scenery seldom visited that will often take your breath away. All the while enjoying fine gourmet dinners under the stars, the discovery of stunning beauty while paddling a kayak on the fiords, wander unexplored foreshores or simply relax on deck enjoying cocktails as you take in these outstanding world heritage site surroundings inside Fiordland.
On arrival in Queenstown please make your own way to the Heritage Hotel where we have your room booked. You have enough time to fall in love with this fabulous alpine village. Dinner at one of the many restaurants beside the lake is just one of the numerous options available in this beautiful town.
We collect you after breakfast for a private charter coach to Lake Te Anau. You are free to explore the town before the helicopters depart for your 20-minute scenic flight that will have you landing on the yacht’s helideck in beautiful Doubtful Sound. Our crew acquaint you with the yacht and safety systems before starting our cruise through the world-famous Doubtful Sound and to Nancy Sound where we anchor for the evening.
Today we are introduced to the beauty of Nancy Sound with trips to explore the shoreline of the fiord, where just a mere few have walked before you. There may be the opportunity to gather crayfish with The First Officer or try your luck at fishing at the head of the sound.
We move north to Charles Sound for more exploring. This is one of our favourite fiords, with two beautiful arms. The Second Officer conducts a landing craft trip to push up the Irene River off the Emelius Arm. The natural beauty is amazing and we spend the evening at the top of the sound and enjoy the spectacular views and discuss the fascinating local history.
This morning we say goodbye to Charles Sound and make our way north. Bligh Sound is a Z-shaped fiord and named after William Bligh, the then Governor of New South Wales. We usually lunch and go ashore at beautiful Amazon Cove and hear the fascinating history and stories of the lost tribe and the Wild Natives River.
We depart during breakfast and travel north to enter the mighty Milford Sound. Cruising the entire length as well as making stops under rainfall infused waterfalls along the way. Circling through Harrison Cove we have stunning views of magnificent Mitre Peak to round off this world-famous fiord. As we cruise south you will likely see many sea birds, including albatross, and there could be the possibility to have a pod of dolphins visit the ship and on rare occasions even whales. We return to our safe anchorage in Bligh Sound for the night.
Tracking south we enter George Sound where we have access to the beautiful Alice waterfalls. Then there is the option of a hike up to the lakes above for those who are keen for the challenging walk. Anchorage Cove is another favourite with hot water springs, then a trip in the George River mouth and a stroll along the deserted foreshore. On clear evenings the pure dark sky is full of stars and the top deck is your perfect viewing platform with the sounds of waterfalls in the background.
At Caswell Sound you can join a fishing trip to the head of the fiord with the one of the crew, hopefully, to restock our dinner supplies with fresh crayfish and blue cod. Alternatively, you can stay on board, read a book or chat with fellow passengers. A stroll along the beach near the Stillwater river mouth is very pleasant before dinner is served on deck. Tonight, we are at anchor in these gorgeous surroundings.
The helicopters arrive after breakfast for your transfer to Te Anau. We expect to be at the Heritage Hotel by late afternoon where your room is booked for Saturday night. The afternoon is free to explore Queenstown. Perhaps concluding with dinner at a local vineyard or to take the steamer boat across the lake to Walter Peak sheep station for dinner to give you a glimpse of life in the high country.
Your itinerary with us concludes after breakfast. We wish you safe travels and look forward to welcoming you back onboard with us again soon.