Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

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    12 – 16 September 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$5,475 pp (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$4,450 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$4,650 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$3,925 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/Doubtful Sound
    Meet with your fellow expeditioners in Te Anau before travelling across Lake Manapouri and over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound (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 the scenic waterways of Doubtful Sound before finding a suitable anchorage to enjoy your first
    evening aboard.

    Day 2: Doubtful & Breaksea Sounds
    After a quiet night aboard surrounded by the nature and wilderness of Fiordland we continue our explorations 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. Sailing along the Fiordland coast towards the extensive protected waters that are Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, join your naturalists on deck to spot seabirds including the majestic Wandering and Buller’s Albatross. Breaksea Island guards the entrance to Breaksea Sound, it was here that the first successful island rat eradication program was completed and today Breaksea Island is
    a protected nature reserve of great significance to the many endangered species which call the island home.

    Day 3: Breaksea Sound & Acheron Passage
    We explore our way through the waters of Breaksea Sound and the Acheron Passage, Resolution Island is separated from the mainland by the scenic waters of Acheron Passage and at the southern end of the passage we enter Dusky Sound, be sure to be on the lookout for resident Bottlenose Dolphins as we navigate. This afternoon you might like to join the chefs fishing for tonight’s dinner, or take the kayaks for a shoreline exploration. Our time 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 site where Moose were released, and last seen, in New Zealand.

    Day 4: Dusky Sound
    Visit Luncheon Cove on Anchor Island, where the first European boat was built in New Zealand.
    Take a short walk or explore along the coastline and be amazed by the birdlife with South Island
    Saddleback, Robins, Yellowhead and Parakeets in abundance on the island thanks to its predator free status. It was on nearby Pigeon Island pioneering conservationist Richard Henry was based during his time in Dusky Sound. At Astronomers Point there may be the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook and his astronomer William Wales as it was here that the Resolution was moored during their time in Dusky Sound. Our expedition cruise through Dusky Sound visits the some of the most significant historical and conservation sites in New Zealand, as well as offering
    some of the most majestic scenery in New Zealand as we sail deep into the heart of Fiordland.

    Day 5: Dusky Sound/Te Anau
    This morning Heritage Explorer sails to Supper Cove at the very head of Dusky Sound, it is a last opportunity for you to bask in the majesty of the fiords, then take in the grand views and awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy a spectacular helicopter transfer back to Te Anau. In case of unexpected delays, we ask you not to book any onward travel from Te Anau until after 1pm this afternoon.

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

    The 2022 full trip dossier is here WET_Doubtful and Dusky Sounds_09.22