Fiordland and Stewart Island by Superyacht

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    Fiordland and Stewart Island by Superyacht, departures 25 Feb-5 March, 6-14 March

    QUEENSTOWN – BLUFF Fri 25 February – 5 March 2022
    BLUFF – QUEENSTOWN Sun 06 March – 14 March 2022

    From NZD$9,950 per person.

    We’re delighted to see Island Escape in Auckland with all Govt permissions to operate this summer. They are a New Zealand based luxurious super yacht operator with a 15-year history in operating small ship voyages in New Zealand and the remote South Pacific Islands.

    In 2021 they launched the brand-new yacht, the Island Escape. She is a 53.5 metre yacht designed by Vard in Norway and with the interior designed by well-known Tillberg Design of Sweden and will offer a new standard of yachting to guests. With just 32 guests onboard, Island Escape will provide an exclusive experience that is supported by a professional crew of 14 who love to over deliver on personalised service.

    We invite you to explore the wonders of New Zealand with Island Escape. During the southern hemisphere summer months, November to April, they can take you to NZ’s World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Virtually isolated, with access only by sea and helicopter, this region is beyond sensational and often described as the ultimate nature lovers paradise. Or let them show you the beautiful Bay of Islands with its rich history and its more than 140 subtropical islands, undeveloped beaches and rich fishing grounds.

    Here are the voyages in NZ waters this summer. Full brochure here Island-Escape-Cruises-Brochure

    Arrival in Queenstown is always spectacular, especially by air. Your comfortable room and a warm welcome await you at the Heritage Hotel. We recommend you plan in enough time to explore this world-class alpine destination and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants beside the lake. It’s a beautiful location, and you’ll find numerous tempting dining options.

    Soon after breakfast, we’ll have you out in the big scenery on a private coach trip to Lake Te Anau. You’ll have time to explore Te Anau township before boarding the helicopters for a 20-minute scenic flight to the ship. The helicopter flight is an experience-of-a-lifetime, a chance to take in the panoramic grandeur of Fiordland, before descending into the wild solitude of Doubtful Sound – and the helipad on Island Escape. Once bags have been stored in your cabin, we will ask you to gather on deck so our crew can acquaint you with the ship layout and the safety systems. Your cruise begins – we make our way to the Tasman Sea along Doubtful Sound then down the coast to anchor for the evening in Dusky Sound. Chef has prepared a welcome dinner that is served alfresco on the aft deck.

    Our journey starts to delve into the early history and exploration of Fiordland. The Captain will give an orientation of the history of the area and on the life of Captain James Cook and his visits to this part of New Zealand. We head ashore in Pickersgill to explore the area where Captain Cook beached his ship Resolution in 1773 to repair her hull. Nearby is Astronomers Point, the site of a temporary observatory set up during Cook’s stay. Back onboard, feel free to relax and take in the view from the jacuzzi on Island Escape’s top deck.  On clear evenings this is the perfect place for some stargazing into a pure NZ dark sky. We explore inland to the head of Dusky Sound and Supper Cove. This cove is the western trailhead for one of New Zealand’s greatest wilderness hikes – the Dusky Track. We visit Cascade Cove, Cook Channel, Fanny Bay and Nine Fathom Passage. There will be an opportunity to join the Zodiac´s excursion to Seaforth Hut and perhaps explore the Seaforth River. Morning tea will be served in peaceful Sportsman’s Cove. Lunch is served underway, and with a taste for adventure, we sail to Long Sound for the evening.

    Captain James Cook was the first European to see Taiari / Chalky Inlet during the second voyage in 1773, naming both it and Chalky Island after the white cliffs on the island’s seaward side. Cook did not enter the fiord. The first Europeans known to have entered and explore came in 1813, when the cutter Snapper entered the fiord and established a camp for a number of months. Pest control efforts on the islands in Chalky Inlet have led to the eradication of pests from Great Island, the Passage Islands and Chalky Island, with the latter three having been declared predator free since 1999. This has allowed the islands to become a sanctuary for many native species which have been reintroduced to the area since 2002, including the mohua, orange-fronted kakariki, little spotted kiwi and tieke.Chalky Island is also home to the Te Kakahu skink. With 3,672 hectares, Long Sound Marine Reserve is the largest reserve in Fiordland. It includes the main Long Sound basin, ‘the Narrows’, and Revolver and Useless Bays. The first shore-based whaling station in New Zealand was established here in 1828 exploiting southern right whales in the area. In the 1890s gold deposits were found. Two settlements, known as Cromarty and Te Oneroa, were established in Kisbee Bay for miners. By 1904 only a few miners were left, and few traces of the settlements remain. This is an amazing area of NZ history we explore as only a very few have ever visited here in the recent past.

    We arrive for breakfast within the shelter of the inlet. Oban is the only town on Stewart Island. It is located in Halfmoon Bay within Paterson Inlet, with access via aircraft from Invercargill and regular ferry services from Bluff. It has a choice of places to eat, a few souvenir retailers, and all the essential shops. We walk the numerous tracks across the islands, kayak the beautiful coastline and cruise the very nearby islands. Ulva Island is a small island about 3.5 km long lying within Paterson Inlet. It has an area of 267 hectares. Ulva Island’s relative isolation, but easy access from Stewart Island has allowed it to become an important natural resource area. It is a sanctuary for both birds and plants, holding species that on the mainland of New Zealand are rare or have died out. Our guided walking tour will give you a chance to learn about the primeval rainforest, birds and plants. We will stop often to view endemic and native birds at close range. You may hear kaka, bellbird and tui song, glimpse rare saddleback and yellowhead and try to spot New Zealand’s smallest bird, the rifleman. The kiwi spotting tour is available to our more adventurous night owls. After dark we depart in small groups to search very quietly for kiwi. We may hear their shrill calls in the night, or the lovely sounds of the morepork. Our expert guides are experienced at finding kiwi and will do all they can to make this a memorable experience.

    We sail at breakfast to arrive alongside the main Bluff wharf by 10:30am and disembark by 11am.

    Please contact us to book. Availability is limited.


    OCEAN SUITE $9950

    HORIZON SUITE $12,950

    SOLO SUITE $13,950

    OWNERS SUITE $14,950

    Prices in NZD, per person, share twin.