October 2 @ 7:30 am - October 10 @ 6:00 pm$4995.00
(2nd – 10th October 2020)
Cruising in the remote southwest of Fiordland is a unique combination of adventure, history, natural beauty and good company.
Join us on the ultimate voyage of discovery on an exploration of 5 of New Zealand’s remote fiords; Chalky and Preservation Inlets as well as the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds.
Preservation and Chalky inlets offer remote wind-swept coastlines and grand sweeping beaches. In the past, the natural harbours in this area attracted early whalers and miners. Only a few traces of their attempts to tame the landscape still remain. You’ll experience the extreme isolation of this inspirational wilderness, its beauty, wildlife and fascinating history.
From aboard the purpose-built Milford Wanderer you will trace the route Captain Cook took during his historic 1773 voyage to seek out the hypothetical Terra Australis. During your cruise, you will land on beautiful beaches and spend time exploring the coastline via tender craft and kayak.
Memories of an environment where nature rules and pioneers struggled to survive, will linger long after your return to civilization.
Day 1. 2nd Oct 2020 Wanganui – Queenstown
Depart Wanganui racecourse at 7.30am and travel to Levin for some freshly baked morning tea. From here travel into Wellington airport in time to catch out 12.15pm flight to Queenstown. After we have collected our luggage we are transported to our central accommodation, the Heartland Hotel. You have a few hours free time around the town before meeting back for dinner. Your guide will talk to you to run over what to expect for the week ahead.
*If you are flying into Queenstown from another destination you will meet the tour leader at the airport and shuttle to your accommodation.
Day 2. 3rd Oct 2020 Queenstown – Manapouri – Preservation
Please note this is a general guide only, all itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions and crew judgement. In addition to below there is also lots of cruising, and extra kayaking or walking where time allows!
An early rise and shine and after breakfast we are collected from the hotel and transported to Manapouri. Here we board our cruise from Real Journeys Manapouri Visitor Centre to West Arm of Lake Manapouri. Then travel by Helicopter to Weka Island Barge to board the Milford Wanderer and cruise to Preservation Inlet. You will be told about the vessel and meet the crew while you enjoy your first scrumptious meal.
Day 3. 4th Oct 2020 Preservation Inlet
After breakfast the exploring will start as we visit the town site of Cromarty and the mining relics of Te Oneroa with the option of a 5km return walk to Puysegur Point Light House in afternoon.
Day 4. 5th Oct 2020 Preservation Inlet – Chalky Inlet
Visit Tarawera smelter’s reclining brick chimney and the site of one of NZ’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Take in the golden beaches of Spit Island. Cruise to Chalky Inlet, anchoring at North Port near the rusting hulk of the 1800s government steam ship “Stella”.
Day 5. 6th Oct 2020 Chalky Inlet – Dusky Sound
Walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old saw mill site. Approximately a three-hour sea passage to Dusky Sound. Visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Pt – named and used by Cook during his five week stay in 1773.
Day 6. 7th Oct 2020 Dusky Sound
Today we explore Dusky Sound starting the day with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s house site on Pigeon Island. Cruise Facile harbour, site of NZ’s first known European ship wreck. Cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to The Basin for a walk or some kayaking.
Day 7. 8th Oct 2020 Dusky Sound – Doubtful Sound
This morning we visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European sealers settlement. Optional guided walk (2.5km) over predator free Anchor Island. Cruise through Acheron passage to Breaksea Sound and then approximately a three-hour sea passage to Doubtful Sound.
Day 8. 9th Oct 2020 Doubtful Sound – Manapouri
Cruise Doubtful Sound and enjoy lunch in Hall Arm. Depart the Milford Wanderer in Deep Cove and cross by coach over the stunning Wilmot Pass. Cruise across Lake Manapouri and catch the coach back to Queenstown. We arrive back at the Heartland Hotel in time for our last group dinner.
Day 9. 10th Oct 2020 Queenstown – Home
A very relaxed start to the day then we head out to Arrowtown for some free time while you get yourself some lunch. We then head out to the Airport to catch our 2.10pm flight back to Wellington where our coach will transport you home.
* If you are Auckland based or from another region flights and shuttles will transport to your door.
Total cost: – $4995.00 ex Wanganui – $5195 ex Auckland.
Deposit: – $2000 due by the 29th April 2020
Final payment due before the 28th June 2020
PLEASE PHONE FOR A CUSTOMISED PRICE IF YOU ARE NOT DEPARTING FROM WANGANUI OR AUCKLAND!
All coach travel as stated in itinerary.
Queenstown accommodation (twin share).
7-day expedition of Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds and Preservation and Chalky Inlets – with 1-way helicopter transfer included.
On-board specialist nature guides who provide informative commentary and evening talks.
Great facilities, friendly crew and outstanding food onboard the Milford Wanderer.
Guided walks through rainforest and along beautiful deserted shorelines.
Visit historic sites and abandoned settlements.
Tender craft and kayaks for exploration of the coastline.
All meals as stated in itinerary.
Experienced Tour Guide.
Be in quick to secure your seats!
The Take It Easy Team
If after your booking has been confirmed and you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
• For cancellations after the 29th April – loss of deposit
• For cancellations after the 28th June – 75% of total fare will apply
• For cancellations within 2 weeks prior to travel – 100% of total fare will apply.
• We recommend you consider travel insurance in case anything unforeseen happens prior to departure.
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