Northern Fiords Explorer

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    1 – 7 July 2022
    Milford Sound – Doubtful Sound

    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$7,300 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$5,950 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$6,250 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$5,295 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/Milford Sound
    Make your way to the designated meeting point in Te Anau then enjoy the scenic drive through the Eglington Valley to Milford Sound and join Heritage Explorer (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 and prepare for the adventure ahead while revelling in the spellbinding scenery of Milford Sound.

    Day 2: Bligh Sound
    Join your onboard expedition naturalists to spot albatross and seabirds as we sail the rich waters of the Fiordland Coast before arriving in the seldom visited yet spectacular waters of Bligh Sound. With its crooked ‘Z’ shape you feel at the heart of the Fiordland wilderness when venturing to the head of the fiord at Bounty Haven where the Wild Natives River flows from the mountains above. Of particular interest here is one of Fiordland’s several ‘China Shops’, special zones containing a fragile environment where deep sea life can be viewed closer to the surface than normal due to the darkness created by the brackish water.

    Day 3: George Sound
    After a night enjoying the tranquility of Bligh Sound we navigate to the largest of the Northern Fiords,
    George Sound. Stretching 26-scenic-kilometres, 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 4: Caswell Sound
    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 5: Charles & Nancy Sounds
    Today we have the exploration of the southernmost of the northern fiords on our agenda. Flanked
    by steep mountains including Mount Napier and Command Peak, Nancy Sound was likely named
    after the vessel Nancy by Captain John Grono one of the early sealing captains to explore Fiordland.
    Nancy Sound’s unusual leg shape was not lost on those who named it bestowing the section it turns
    at right angles to the north Foot Arm, which dutifully moves into Heel Cove and Toe Cove. Leg Head and Bend Point were similarly literally named. At nearby Charles Sound, the fiord 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.

    Day 6: Breaksea & Doubtful Sounds
    A short sail southwards brings us to the extensive sheltered waters of Breaksea Sound, initially scouted for sheep farming suitability by early setters in the 1850s and location Breaksea Island, an iconic site in New Zealand conservation history as one of the first large islands declared rat free in 1988. We then explore 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. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the team aboard Heritage Explorer tonight.

    Day 7: Doubtful Sound/Te Anau
    This morning we navigate to the very head of Doubtful Sound in Deep Cove home to several
    waterfalls including Helena and Lady Alice Falls. After a final breakfast and farewells, head ashore where a transfer to Te Anau, via the picturesque Wilmot Pass, the road constructed as part of the Manapouri hydro scheme, awaits. In case of unexpected delays, we ask you not to book any onward travel from Te Anau until after 3pm this afternoon.

    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.

    Full 2022 trip dossier here WET_Northern Fiords_Explorer_07-08.22