Sunday 7th of January 2018 until Sunday 14th of January 2018
Fiordland Cruise (Northern Fiords) - from $6250* per person - aboard Island Passage.
7 Night Cruise and Land package including a 5 Night Cruise sailing from Fiordland to Milford 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 in this beautiful town.
Day 2 - Queenstown / Fiordland
After a leisurely breakfast, we collect you at 10am 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 20 minute scenic flight that has you landing on the ‘Island Passage’ heli-pad in these stunning fiords. After settling into your cabin and meeting the crew you can relax as you take in these sensational surroundings. Dinner is served from 7pm in the interior dining room.
Day 3 - Nancy/Charles Sound
Wake to the tranquility of this World Heritage National Park. After a hearty breakfast we begin the adventure with boat trips by our crew to explore the shoreline of these fiords along with the possibility of a crayfish gathering outing. During the day we will move the ship from Nancy to Charles Sound where we will spend the evening at anchor.
Day 4 - Caswell Sound
We explore further in Caswell Sound where we trace the remnants of the 1905 and 1949 US-NZ Scientific Expeditions when some 18 Wapiti deer, half of which were a gift from US President Theodore Roosevelt, were released into the area to breed with NZ deer as game. Some fishing and shore excursions are planned for this afternoon to explore this sensational region in intimate detail.
Day 5 - George Sound
Tracking north 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, a trip up the George river mouth and a beach walk. We spend the night at the head of this fiord. On clear evenings the unpolluted sky is full of stars and the top deck is your perfect viewing platform.
Day 6 - Milford Sound
On our short sea passages you will see many of our sea birds including albatross varieties, sooty shearwaters and there could be the possibility to see dolphins and on rare occasions we encounter whales. We enter the magnificent Milford Sound and leisurely cruise the entire length, stopping at waterfalls along the way. At our anchorage in Deepwater Basin, subject to tides, you may have the opportunity to walk the first stage of the Milford Track. We spend the last night with the most spectacular views of Milford Sound from the ship. The Captain’s farewell dinner is tonight and you have time to reflect on your adventure with fellow guests and crew.
Day 7 - Te Anau / Queenstown
After a hearty breakfast, we have you disembarking at 8:30am on Saturday. Our coach will take you on one of the best scenic routes in the world, Milford Sound to Te Anau. We make a couple of rest stops before arriving at Manapouri Airport. Here our aircraft is waiting 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 Saturday night. The evening is free to explore Queenstown, dinner at a lakeside restaurant or a vineyard. Another option is to take the steamer across the lake to Walter Peak sheep station for dinner gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.
Day 8 - Queenstown
Sunday. On your final day we will transfer you to Queenstown Airport for your onward travel.
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 departures : 14, 21, 28 January & 04, 11, 18 February 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.