Fiordland Northern Passage by Superyacht

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    Fiordland Northern Passage by Superyacht, departures on 19-27 Feb and 19-27 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

    These are incredible voyages through the New Zealand Fiordland National Park. With like-minded travellers, we share a world class scenery seldom visited that will often take your breath away. All the while enjoying fine gourmet dinners under the stars, the discovery of stunning beauty while paddling a kayak on the fiords, wander unexplored foreshores or simply relax on deck enjoying cocktails as you take in these outstanding world heritage site surroundings inside Fiordland.

    Arrival in Queenstown is always spectacular – especially by air, the Southern Alps surround you, breathe in the mountain air. However you arrive, you will find a warm welcome awaits you at the Heritage Hotel and a comfortable room reserved under your name. We recommend you plan in enough time to explore this worldclass alpine destination and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants beside the lake. It’s a beautiful location, and you’ll find numerous delicious options to tempt you.

    Soon after breakfast, we’ll have you out in the big scenery on a private coach trip over to Lake Te Anau. You’ll have time to explore Te Anau township, the gateway to Fiordland, before boarding a helicopter for a 20-minute scenic flight to join your yacht.
    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 of Island Escape. Remember to have your cameras ready.
    Once you have taken in the view and the crew have shown you to your suite, we invite you to gather on deck so our crew can acquaint you with the ship’s layout and run through a safety briefing. Your cruise begins! – we make-way out towards the Tasman Sea along Doubtful and Thompson Sounds then up the coast to anchor for the evening in Nancy Sound.

    The lush vertiginous beauty of Nancy Sound greets you this morning. From our anchorage, you can relax and enjoy the views from the yacht or join trips to explore the pristine shoreline of the fjord. You may be lucky enough to gather a crayfish with the help of the one of the crew or catch a fish at the head of the sound.
    After lunch, we set off north to explore the two arms of Charles Sound. It’s one of our favourite spots – the untouched natural beauty is awe-inspiring. You can join the crew in one of our Zodiacs for a trip up the Irene River that flows into the Emelius Arm of the sound. We spend the evening at the head of Charles Sound – enjoying dinner, the spectacular views and sharing some fascinating local histories.

    We say farewell to Charles Sound after breakfast and sail north to our next port of call, Bligh Sound. This fiord is an interesting Z-shape, named after William Bligh (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame), the then Governor of New South Wales. We anchor at beautiful Amazon Cove for lunch, then head ashore to explore and hear fascinating histories of lost tribes and the Wild Natives River.
    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 dark sky.

    We depart Bligh Sound and travel north again to explore world-famous Milford Sound. Cruising up the Sound, making stops to take a look at some of the sound’s many cascading waterfalls along the way.
    Circling through Harrison Cove, we reach perhaps the visual climax of our cruise, an iconic New Zealand vista, Mitre Peak. As we head back to Bligh Sound for the night, you will see many sea birds – perhaps even albatross, pods of dolphins often ride our bow wave and occasionally you might sight whales.

    After breakfast on day six, we head on to George Sound, the longest fiord in northern Fiordland, to see the beautiful Alice Waterfalls. For those up for a good walk and breath-taking views, you can go ashore and take the track up above the falls to Alice Lake.
    Halfway along the fiord, we arrive at Anchorage Cove at the mouth of the George River, a great spot to relax and enjoy a stroll along the deserted foreshore.
    We lay at anchor here overnight, and have dinner surrounded by the calming sound of waterfalls.

    We arrive in Caswell Sound early. Here, you can join a fishing trip to the head of the fiord with the one of the crew, hopefully, to restock our dinner supplies with fresh crayfish and blue cod.
    Alternatively, you can stay on board, read a book or chat with fellow passengers and enjoy the views. A walk along the foreshore is planned before dinner is served on deck. This evening we celebrate your Fiordland adventure aboard Island Escape with a fabulous farewell dinner hosted by your captain and crew.

    After a relaxed breakfast, a helicopter will take you back to Te Anau. Enjoy another spectacular airborne transfer with Mount Irene and Mount Lyall to your right.
    You will be back at the Heritage Hotel by Mid-afternoon, with time to explore Queenstown a little more. Dinner options \include eating at a local vineyard or perhaps taking the historic TSS Earnslaw across the lake to Walter Peak Sheep Station for dinner and a glimpse of rural life in the high country.

    Your itinerary with us concludes after breakfast.
    We wish you safe travels, taking home with you memories of adventure, great food, good company and the vast unspoilt nature of Fiordland.

    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.