Fiordland National Park – Northern Fiords

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 northern fiords of Fiordland National Park alongside ecology guides who travel with us into the heart of the region to discover the beauty of this geological mosaic. From Nancy Sound to Milford Sound.

DATES – 2018 – January 07, 14, 21, 28; February 04, 11, 18

DURATION – 7 Days     

DEPART – Queenstown, NZ

RETURN – Queenstown, NZ

SHIP – Island Escape

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HIGHLIGHTS

This World Heritage Park is full of some of the world’s most magnificent scenery. Located on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Fiordland stretches over 120 miles (200 kilometers) from Milford Sound in the north to Preservation Inlet in the south. The Park covers some 1.25 million hectares and is the largest National Park in New Zealand.

Travel between Queenstown and the Fiords by highway, helicopter, and small plane.

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ITINERARY

Queenstown, New Zealand

Day 1 – Queenstown
On Sunday we meet your flight at Queenstown Airport and transfer you to the 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. The helicopters depart from 2pm for a sensational 20 minute scenic flight that has you landing on the ‘Island Passage’ heli-pad in Doubtful Sound. 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 – Doubtful and Nancy Sounds
Wake to the tranquility of this World Heritage National Park. After a hearty breakfast, we begin with a transit of mystical Doubtful Sound. Then we move north into Nancy Sound 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 to Caswell Sound where we will spend the evening at anchor.

Helipad aboard “Island Escape”

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 and Bligh Sounds
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 favorite 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.

Serene Fiords

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, 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 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
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.

 

NOTE: 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.

 

NORTHERN FIORDLANDS RATES

2018
RATES PER PERSON
CASTAWAY CABINCASTAWAY SOLOHIDEAWAY SUITERUNAWAY SUITE
NEW ZEALAND $NZD $6,250NZD $8,250NZD $ 8,250NZD $9,250
US $*
US $4,395US $5795US $5,795US $6,495
EARLY BOOKING - US$**US $3,695US $5,095US $5,095US $5,795
* US $ SUBJECT TO CURRENCY FLUCTUATION
** US $ EARLY BOOKING - SAVE US$ 700 IF BOOKED BY JUNE 30, 2017
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