• Pricing From $8,000 pp
  • Single Supplement POA
  • From Queenstown
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Max Group Size 16
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Departs 18 Jun 2020
  • Returns 26 Jun 2020

Bill Peach Journeys is very excited to have a wonderful new cruise product in our collection. Join us on-board a luxury vessel for 6 nights as it explores the spectacular Fiordland National Park including Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds and Preservation and Chalky Inlets. It is the ultimate way to explore this majestic World Heritage site; an exceptional vessel, it boasts an on-board helipad, top-deck spa pool, on-board chef, fine wine, boutique accommodation and wide expansive picture windows, perfect for viewing this magnificent region.

Arrive in style with a scenic helicopter flight to Dusky Sound. Once on-board, enjoy the beauty of the Fiordland at your own pace. With an abundance of wildlife and home to many underwater marine reserves, intriguing bird life such as the rare Fiordland crested penguins, dolphins and the New Zealand fur seals, you will be spoilt for viewing choice. Most days will allow you the opportunity to get to shore and explore the Fiordland wilderness up-close. This programme also features 2 nights in the picturesque town of Te Anau. As with all of our fully inclusive journeys, a Journey Director will be on hand to ensure a seamless and memorable travel experience. Cabins are limited, so don’t wait!

Highlights

  • Travel by luxury cruiser, Fiordland Jewel, around the pristine UNESCO listed Fiordland National Park with a professional crew of 5
  • Enjoy superior on-board facilities including a submarine drone for under-water viewing and the comfort of a top-deck hot tub and fully air-conditioned and heated cabins
  • Cruise Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, Preservation and Chalky Inlet
  • Bush, island and beach walks including the most south-westerly point of the South Island, Puysegur Point on our Fiordland cruise
  • Visit historic Captain Cook and Gold Rush sites
  • Enjoy a stunning Fiordland scenic helicopter flight
  • Stay 2 nights at the stylish Distinction Lake View Te Anau enjoying magnificent vistas
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code Governor's Cabin
Departs 18 Jun 2020
Returns 26 Jun 2020
Price From $10,200 pp
Single Supplement POA
Tour Code Captain Cook Cabin
Departs 18 Jun 2020
Returns 26 Jun 2020
Price From $9,120 pp
Single Supplement POA
Tour Code Endeavour Cabin
Departs 18 Jun 2020
Returns 26 Jun 2020
Price From $8,820 pp
Single Supplement POA
Tour Code Resolution Cabin
Departs 18 Jun 2020
Returns 26 Jun 2020
Price From $8,000 pp
Single Supplement POA
Day 1: Arrive Queenstown

Upon arrival in Queenstown, transfer to the picturesque lakeside town of Te Anau where we will stay for the night. The Distinction Lake View Te Anau hotel is spectacularly set on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake and framed by the majestic Fiordland ranges. This evening, join our Journey Director and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Distinction Lake View or similar

Day 2: Te Anau - Dusky Sound

We board a spectacular helicopter flight this morning from Te Anau and land directly on-board the Fiordland Jewel, which will be waiting in Dusky Sound. Marvel at the stunning vistas below of the Kepler Mountain Range and the many alpine lakes and mountain tarns of UNESCO listed Fiordland National Park. The grandeur of this Fiordland scenery will take your breath away.

Overnight: Fiordland Jewel

Day 3 - 6: Cruising Fiordland

In Dusky Sound cruise amongst various islands, coves and passages, visiting many historically significant sites such as:

◆ Luncheon Cove, where we walk around predator-free Anchor Island (2.5 kilometres), a bird sanctuary near the mouth of the fiord. You may see the South Island saddleback and occasionally, one of the 40 rare Kakapo on the island. This track travels up to a small lake in the centre of the island.

◆ Pigeon Island, where we walk up the pathway to visit the site of the home of New Zealand’s first conservationist, Richard Henry, who tried to save the Kakapo from extinction in the late 1800’s. Here there is also an incredible viewpoint towards he entrance of Dusky Sound.

◆ Anchor Point, where Captain Cook anchored HMS Resolution in 1773. Also Pickersgill Harbour where Cook moored off Astronomer Point for five weeks.

◆ Cruise through the narrow channels of the Little Harbour to The Basin, where you can go kayaking or explore Resolution Island on foot.

◆ There is also the possibility to launch the ROV to view black coral and marine life, giving you the unique opportunity to experience this remarkable place in a way that, until now, has been impossible. At some stage, depending on the weather, we leave Dusky Sound and cruise down to Chalky Inlet.

◆ 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 1800’s 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 (20 minutes). Right beside Chalky Inlet is Preservation Inlet, separated by Broke-adrift Passage and Treble Mountain. In the 1890s, a gold rush occurred and mining towns sprang up at Cromarty and Te Oneroa, where tracks and old mining machinery can still be found.

~ Land at Krisbee Bay to view an old sawmill boiler at Cromarty. The gold mine itself is many kilometres into the hills.

~ Land at Te Oneroa Beach and walk 10 minutes inland to the old Morning Star battery boiler, where you may be able to see the mine drives and even the remains of an aerial cableway. On the other side of the inlet is the site of the first whaling station in the South Island.

~ Puysegur Point, where we land at the old oil store and walk to the most isolated lighthouse in New Zealand.

~ Spit Island, an island connected to the mainland by a beautiful sandspit at low tide. It was the site of two tragic Maori battles in the 1780’s.

~ Cascade Basin, a magnificent waterfall that plunges into Long Sound.

Overnight: Fiordland Jewel

Please Note: Cruising is weather dependant, so this is a sample itinerary and may change. The exact day to day itinerary will be at the discretion of the skipper.

Day 7 - 8: Breaksea & Doubtful Sounds - Te Anau

Today we will begin our return journey as we cruise back north through Breaksea and Doubtful Sounds. At Doubtful Sound on Day 8, we disembark and transfer over Wilmot Pass, take a boat over Lake Manapouri and on to Manapouri before transferring to Te Anau. This evening, we enjoy our farewell dinner.

Overnight: Distinction Lake View or similar

Day 9: Depart Queenstown

After breakfast transfer from Te Anau to Queenstown airport for your homeward flight. Take away fond memories of an incredible adventure throughout the spectacular Fiordland of New Zealand.


Cabins

Governor’s Cabin – The Governor’s Cabin is at the top of the boat with its own full width forward window and large side windows. Super King double bed, the ensuite has a separate shower and toilet.

Captain Cook Cabins – On the main deck with sea views. Super King double bed, the ensuite has a separate shower and toilet.

Endeavour Cabins – On the main deck with sea views. Two King single beds, the ensuite has a separate shower and toilet.

Resolution Cabin – On the main deck with sea views. Two sets of bunks – bottom beds are King single (to accommodate 2 people only), the ensuite has a combined shower and toilet.

About Fiordland Discovery

A Family Business – Rob Swale – Owner / Captain is one of Fiordland’s most experienced skippers, and Fiordland is in his blood. Rob’s father John “Swaley” Swale was commercial crayfisherman and Rob grew up surrounded by the sea and Fiordland, spending much of his childhood on his father’s boat Voska. Rob met Kate in Queenstown 28 years ago when she first arrived from England. When his father retired, Rob took over operations, leased a crayfish quota and went on to commission the first-ever commercial fishing boat built in Queenstown. Rob noticed that people wanted more comfort while spending time in Milford Sound and Fiordland, so he tailored his charter trips and cruises accordingly – which ultimately led to establishing Fiordland Discovery. He loves sharing Fiordland with guests and his knowledge of the area is immense. The couple’s passion has been passed on to their children, with sons Jack and Joe working on board as crew and completing their diving certificates. These days, Rob is an advocate for sustainable fishing practices and preserving the Fiordland’s precious wildlife.

About Expedition Cruises

Our Expedition Cruise programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, special interests or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s Fiordlands to world class international destinations and unique cruising experiences throughout Australia. When you travel on an Expedition Cruise with Bill Peach Journeys everything is included and arranged before you leave home. That includes all sundries like tips, taxes and transfers. In fact you won’t even need to carry your bags. Enjoy the finest level of accommodation, dining and service all in the one fare. From the very moment your journey begins, your seamless travel experience with Bill Peach Journeys begins.

Fully inclusive

When you travel on a Bill Peach Journey everything is included.  It means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining, and all excursions but every one of these elements is the best in its class. Throughout the journey, you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after each detail.

Pre/Post Tour

Flights from your home port to Queenstown are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to / from Queenstown, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation.

Level of fitness required: Moderate

This journey is more challenging and designed for the more active traveller who is looking to venture off the beaten path. To fully participate in all activities, the traveller must be able to walk up to 1km on even surfaces unaided, travel by four-wheel drive vehicles along ungraded roads and walk up steps unassisted.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)