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 Dusty Sound to Doubtful Sound.
DATES – 2018 – February 25; March 04, 11, 18, 25; April 01, 08
DURATION – 7 Days
DEPART – Queenstown, NZ
RETURN – Queenstown, NZ
SHIP – Island Escape
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.
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 deep 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 in the main dining room.
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 favorite sheltered cove in the midst of this scenic wonderland.
Day 6 – Dagg and Doubtful Sounds
We depart Breaksea Sound for the short sea passage to Dagg Sound. 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. In the late afternoon, we sail further north to Doubtful Sound. The scenery is spectacular and our overnight anchorage provides sensational views.
Day 7 – Doubtful Sound – Queenstown
This morning we explore the beautiful Doubtful Sound and venture to Elizabeth Island before our rendezvous with the departure helicopters. The late morning flight out takes us over Doubtful and serene Lake Manapouri to meet the aircraft waiting in Te Anau Airport for the short flight back to Queenstown. We will have you back at the Heritage Hotel by mid-afternoon where your room is booked for the 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.
SOUTHERN FIORDLANDS RATES
RATES PER PERSON
|CASTAWAY CABIN||CASTAWAY SOLO||HIDEAWAY SUITE||RUNAWAY SUITE|
|NEW ZEALAND $||NZD $6,950||NZD $8,950||NZD $ 8,950||NZD $9,950|
|US $*||US $4,895||US $6,295||US $6,295||US $6,995|
|EARLY BOOKING - US$**||US $4,195||US $5,595||US $5,595||US $6,295|
** US $ EARLY BOOKING - SAVE US$ 700 IF BOOKED BY JUNE 30, 2017