All of the Fiords – the Ultimate Fiordland Experience

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    21 – 30 June 2022
    13 – 22 July 2022

    23 Jul-1 Aug 2022 – with Rod Morris and NZ Geo
    14 – 23 August 2022
    28 September – 7 October 2022

    We’re excited to see a new vessel in the Heritage Expeditions fleet – Heritage Explorer.
    Built by renowned wooden boatbuilding family Carey’s Boatyard in Picton, this 30-metre motor yacht cuts a striking shape in the water with a considered design that’s both ahead of its time and showcases a clever balance of privacy, comfort, spaciousness and agility allowing her to explore the furthest reaches of New Zealand’s backyard while introducing new levels of bespoke comfort.

    Tastefully decorated, Heritage Explorer’s contemporary wood-finished interior features 10 well-appointed cabins; dining room boasting spectacular 180-degree panoramas and theatre capabilities; lounge and bar featuring a flight of inclusive regional New Zealand wines, beers and spirits; and a well-stocked local library. Outside, enjoy plenty of covered space on the Bridge Deck, or ajourn to the Sun Deck perfect for wildlife spotting, sunrises and sunsets, or simply watch your voyage unfold.

    Robust yet refined, Heritage Explorer features state-of-the-art technology to provide a comfortable expedition. Read more here DT_Introducing Heritage Explorer

    ROYAL NZ$10,595pp (2022)
    Located on the Bridge Deck, our Master Suite features a spacious bedroom with a queen-sized
    bed, ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, mirror and washbasin, private en suite, personal
    climate control, TV, PABX satellite telephone, window and French doors opening out on to the covered Bridge Deck

    SALVINS .NZ$8,925 pp (2022)
    Located on the Lower Deck, Salvin’s cabins have the option of either a double bed or two lower
    berths. Both feature ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a picture porthole.

    WANDERING NZ$9,375 pp (2022)
    Located on the Lower Deck, Wandering cabins feature one lower single berth, ample storage with
    wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a porthole.

    BULLER’S NZ$7995 pp (2022)
    Located on the Lower Deck, the Buller’s cabin features one bunk (one upper and one lower berth),
    ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a porthole.

    * All prices are per person in NZ$

    Premium drinks package NZ$250 pp*

    Queenstown packages
    Heritage Expeditions offers accommodation and transfer packages with DoubleTree by Hilton
    Queenstown – ask your reservation specialist for more information and pricing.

    Landing fees, pre cruise helicopter transfer and post cruise coach transfer, all on board ship
    accommodation with meals and all shore excursions and activities. GST, house drinks, expert on board naturalist guides.

    All items of a personal nature, laundry, domestic flights, Queenstown packages, extensions and
    travel insurance.

    Day 1: Te Anau/Preservation Inlet
    Make your way to the designated meeting point in Te Anau then take in the grand views and awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy a spectacular helicopter transfer to join Heritage Explorer in Preservation Inlet (times and meeting point will be confirmed with your voyage documents). The captain and expedition leader will be waiting to welcome you aboard Heritage Explorer and
    show you to your cabin. Settle into life aboard before we set sail along Long Sound and enjoy your first impressions of Southern Fiordland’s unrestrained landscape.

    Day 2: Preservation Inlet
    Today is dedicated to exploring Preservation Inlet, rich in history we will delve into the gold mining and forestry attempts that once made this now quiet waterway a bustling hub of activity. The area’s natural bounty saw more than 2,500 gold miners and saw millers flock to the region in the late 1890s, this early settler history at mining towns Cromarty and Te Oneroa, now reclaimed by nature, can still be observed, none more spectacularly than at the failed Tarawera Mine and Smelter, where the
    ruins of the smelter’s historic three-storey chimney were restored in 2015. Among the activity Preservation Inlet can also lay claim to having New Zealand’s first whaling station at Cuttle Cove and the location of one of the country’s most remote lighthouses at Puysegur Point, which began operation in 1879 perched some 40-feet above the South Island’s south-western most point. Here
    a great coastal walk, formerly a telegraph track built to connect the lighthouse, leads to the old landing shed at Otago Retreat.

    Day 3: Chalky Inlet
    The entrance to Chalky Inlet is guarded by the impressive limestone cliffs of Chalky Island, the
    inspiration behind Captain Cook’s naming of the fiord. One of several important predator free islands
    in the inlet including Great Island and Passage Islands, Chalky Island is home to some of New
    Zealand’s most critically endangered bird species including the Little Spotted Kiwi and Kakapo, and
    endemic Te Kakahua Skink, discovered in 2002. The protected harbours at North and South Port offer much to explore as the centres of the human history in the inlet with North Port the final resting place of the rusting hulk of purposely grounded GSS Stella while South Port reveals an industrial past with the remnants of once prolific sawmilling activity. Sailing to the head of the fiord the surrounding mountains envelope us with their majesty.

    Day 4: Dusky Sound
    Our expedition cruise through Dusky Sound visiting the some of the most significant historical
    and conservation sites in New Zealand as well as marvelling at the majestic scenery as we sail
    deep into the heart of Fiordland. Predator-free Anchor Island homes half of the world’s population
    of Kakapo and Little Spotted Kiwi and is also the location of historic Luncheon Cove and a number
    of New Zealand firsts including New Zealand’s first sealing gang, the building of New Zealand’s first
    European homestead and first European designed ship, the 16-metre Providence built here and
    launched in 1795. On nearby on Pigeon Island learn the history of Richard Henry and his pioneering live transfer of birds to island refuges – an international first in wildlife conservation. While his attempts were unsuccessful due to stoats swimming over to the island, it is heartening to learn the island is now pest free and a sanctuary for native birdlife, with Henry’s vision fulfilled.

    Day 5: Acheron Passage & Breaksea Sound
    A navigation through Acheron Passage, which separates Resolution Island from the mainland, is sure
    to be one of the highlights or our time in Fiordland. This iconic scenic waterway is an area where Bottlenose Dolphins are often spotted. Our explorations here may include venturing into Wet Jacket Arm where the crew of Cook’s Resolution ended up with wet jackets during their survey work. It is also the sight where Moose were released, and last seen, in New Zealand. The extensive sheltered waters of scenic Breaksea Sound, initially scouted for sheep farming suitability by early setters in the 1850s is also the location of Breaksea Island, an iconic site in New Zealand conservation history as one of the first large islands declared rat free in 1988.

    Day 6: Doubtful Sound
    Experience some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Fiordland – Doubtful Sound, or the sound of silence as it’s also known. Spanning some staggering 40-kilometres and holding the title as New Zealand’s deepest fiord, Doubtful Sound with its cloud-scraping wilderness cloaked mountains, sheer stone cliffs, waterfalls, inlets, quiet coves and wildlife presents nature on a scale so grand it’s off the chart. Photographic opportunities abound and our time spent here could include ship cruising Blanket Bay, the Shelter Islands, Pandora River, Deas Cove and Open Bay.

    Day 7: Charles & Caswell Sound
    One of the southern-most of the northern fiords, Charles Sound, branches into Emelius and Gold
    Arms at its head with Gold Arm being home to one of the most extensive marine reserves in the
    inner fiords (Kahukura Marine Reserve) while other sections are included in the Taumoana Marine
    Reserve. Your captain and expedition Leader will find a suitably sheltered anchorage for Heritage
    Explorer where activities could include kayaking or joining your expedition guides in a coastal
    exploration by Zodiac. Another rarely explored fiord, Caswell Sound is home to the last physical remains of the 1949 New Zealand–American Fiordland scientific expedition, a primitive hut standing on the banks of the Stillwater River used while studying the Wapiti/elk herd introduced earlier in the century. Tiny Styles Island guards the fiord’s entrance to the Tasman Sea while walks include a nature-filled stroll along Stillwater River towards Lake Marchant. Fishing here is good for those interested in joining the chefs in securing tonight’s dinner.

    Day 8: George Sound
    Today we plan to navigate to the largest of the Northern Fiords, George Sound. Stretching 26-scenickilometres, George Sound is the longest of the Northern Fiords and with several arms branching from the fiord we have multiple options but the spectacular sight of Alice Falls flanked by dense forest and tumbling over boulders as it thunders out of Lake Alice at the head of fiord is always a strong draw. It was at the head of George Sound that Wapiti/elk were introduced to New Zealand in 1905, part of the herd being gifted by American president Theodore Roosevelt.

    Day 9: Milford Sound
    We enter the magnificent Milford Sound this afternoon and enjoy a leisurely final cruise of this unforgettable location. Enjoy your final night aboard in the protected waters beneath the towering peaks of Milford Sound and revel in the sensational scenery as you celebrate this unforgettable adventure with a farewell dinner.

    Day 10: Milford Sound/Te Anau
    After a final breakfast and farewells, head ashore where a transfer to Te Anau, via the historic Homer
    Tunnel and the lowland beech forests and golden tussocks of scenic Eglinton Valley, awaits. In case
    of unexpected delays, we ask you not to book any onward travel from Te Anau until after 3pm
    this afternoon

    See the 2021 trip dossier here.DT_All of The Fiords_07.09.21

    See the 2022 trip dossier here WET_All of The Fiords_06-10.22

    During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed
    itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions.
    Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed. Voyages are planned and scheduled pending final regulatory approval.