Sunday 25th of February 2018 until Sunday 4th of March 2018
Fiordland Cruise (Southern Fiords) - from $6950* per person - aboard Island Passage.
7 Night Cruise and Land package including a 5 Night Cruise sailing from Dusky Sound to Doubtful Sound aboard Island Passage.
This Island Escape 7-night cruise package allows guests the ultimate access, in safety and comfort, to the wonders of this majestic World heritage site. This is an invitation to explore the Fiordland National Park alongside ecology guides who travel with us into the heart of the region to discover the beauty of this geological mosaic.
Day 1 - Queenstown
Make your way to the luxury Heritage Hotel. You have enough free time to fall in love with this beautiful alpine village. A dinner at one of the many restaurants beside the lake is just one of numerous options available for you this evening.
Day 2 - Queenstown / Fiordland
After a leisurely breakfast we will collect you at 10 am with a private coach. You travel through this beautiful countryside, stopping at a cafe along the way, before arriving at Lake Te Anau. After dropping our bags feel free to explore. The helicopters depart from 2pm for a sensational 30 minute scenic flight that has you landing on the ‘Island Passage’ heli-pad inside Dusky Sound. After settling into your cabin and meeting the crew you can relax as you take in these sensational surroundings. Our famous welcome dinner is served from 7pm.
Day 3 - Dusky Sound
Cruise through the stunning Cook Channel to Pickersgill Harbour, named by Capt. James Cook during his 6-week stay here in 1773. Go ashore at Astronomer Point. The observations made by William Wales at this point had New Zealand become the most accurately located place on the globe at that time. Cook’s position was out by only 0.27 of a nautical mile in latitude and 11.07 nautical miles in longitude. We continue to cruise in Dusky Sound and visit the rugged Shag Islands and Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European and sealers settlement.
Day 4 - Dusky Sound
Start the day with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s historic house site on Pigeon Island. We continue onto Facile harbour, site of NZ’s first known European ship wreck. Cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channel of Resolution Island.
Day 5 - Breaksea Sound
We continue to explore deep inside the fiords, venturing into Wet Jacket and Vancouver Arm. We spend the evening here at anchor in a favourite sheltered cove in the midst of this scenic wonderland.
Day 6 - Dagg Sound
Depart Breaksea Sound for the short sea passage to Dagg Sound where we may have the opportunity to sight whales and albatross in their natural habitat. In the late afternoon we sail further north. The scenery is spectacular and our overnight anchorage provides sensational views.
Day 7 - Doubtful Sound
This morning during breakfast we explore the beautiful Doubtful Sound before our rendezvous with the departure helicopters. The late morning flight out takes us over Doubtful Sound and serene Lake Manapouri to meet the aircraft waiting in Te Anau for the short scenic flight back to Queenstown. We will have you back at the Heritage Hotel by mid-afternoon where your room is booked for the Friday night. Tonight you are free to further explore this lakeside town.
Day 8 - Sunday - Queenstown
On this final day we transfer you to Queenstown Airport for your onward travel. Thank you for joining us on this Fiordland Experience and we do hope to see you onboard again on another of our sailings.
Flexibility is a hallmark of small ship cruising. Our day-to-day itineraries are subject to change, sometimes without notice, due to operational reasons, the remoteness of the destination and/or the weather and sea conditions. All decisions of change are final at the Captain’s discretion.
EARLY BIRD SAVINGS
Book and pay in full within 7 days of confirmation to receive a saving of $NZ 1,000 per person. Valid for all new bookings confirmed by 30th June 2017.
Other Cruise Dates : 04, 11, 18, 25 March & 01, 08 April 2018.
Note : * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.